Full presence mindfulness takes you beyond the self.
It opens the door to a world of wonder – a new outlook on life.
Because there’s more to life than self-improvement.
Mindfulness training can be valuable for treating many difficulties in our stressed-out society, including anxiety, tension, and depression. It can also help people find more joy and appreciation in the simple, daily activities that make up our lives.
Yet mindfulness has the potential to offer much more. Through being fully present, we can activate a new vision of what it means to be alive. It’s not just about having different experiences; it’s about experiencing differently. When we live experience fully, we find meaning and deep satisfaction.
By activating the FPM vision, you learn how to open up your own possibilities. This shift happens easily and naturally, and you can learn the basics in a single 8-week training. By simply attuning to what is going on in each moment—starting with breathing, hearing, and seeing—you lay the foundation for a new way of being.
Why practice Full Presence Mindfulness?
Because experience is not what we think it is.
We live in our bodies and know through our senses. We think and feel, act on our values, and build relationships. We tell stories to ourselves and to others, and we make sense of the world from moment to moment.
Full Presence Mindfulness invites us to explore and transform all these dimensions of our experience, opening gateways into a world without boundaries or limitations.
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FULL PRESENCE COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
OPEN TO ALL EXPERIENCE LEVELS
The core 8-week Full-Presence Training (Module 1) is offered each Fall and Spring in Berkeley and online.
Retreat in Neu Plaue, Germany
Part I: August 24-28, 2019
Part II: August 28-30, 2019
Taught by Jack Petranker.
4-Week FPM Course (Module 2)
Schedule: Spring 2019
Saturdays, 9-10:30 AM, PDT
April 20 – May 11, 2019
Taught by Jack Petranker.
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What are the benefits?
Mindfulness practitioners report a wide-range of benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, greater ability to concentrate and to deal with negative situations, and more control over negative thoughts. There have been many studies showing the positive benefits of mindfulness practice. FPM is designed to offer those same benefits, but the main focus is on giving you the tools to deepen your understanding of who you are.
Is this course based on Buddhism?
No it’s not. The inspiration for the course is an approach developed for the modern mind by a Tibetan lama, Tarthang Tulku. However, that approach is not Buddhist. There are no religious elements in any of the practices and no set of beliefs or dogmas. FPM is all about free and open inquiry.
Can I take this course even if I haven’t taken another mindfulness course?
Yes. It can actually be helpful to start with no preconceptions, but be ready to apply yourself more at the beginning of the course.
Will there be readings?
There are no reading assignments. The only homework is experiential. Suggested further readings will be made available at the end of the course.
What is your refund policy?
You will be refunded in full if you cancel after the first class session. If you cancel after the second or third class session, your refund will be prorated. You will not receive a refund if you cancel after the fourth class session.
How do I access the online program?
Classes are conducted via live video on Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with a link and further instructions a few days prior to the start of the program. Most participants join by video on their computer, tablet, or smartphone, but there is also a dial-in number.
Do I have to attend the online program live, or can I follow the recordings?
The sessions are recorded and are available to the participants each week, usually within 2-3 days, and they stay up indefinitely to access again and again. That said, the real-time interaction is beneficial, so attending the classes as they are happening would enrich the experience. But many people choose to simply follow the recordings.
Do I have to sit in a meditation posture, or on a cushion? Will there be yoga practices?
No particular sitting style is required. Most of us will sit in chairs. There will be a few very simple, non-stressful movement practices, but no yoga.
OUTLINE OF THE COURSE
What it Means to Be Fully Present
The Self as a Story
The Many Dimensions of Experience
Releasing Thoughts and Emotions
Relaxing into the Field
Activating the Dynamic of Intention
The Stories We Inhabit
The Source of Meaning